The mission of the Torpedo Factory Art Center is to foster connections among artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit. We provide dynamic interactions with the arts through our community of visual artists, exhibitions, and programs. We offer art up close, in person, and in progress.


  • We acknowledge and respect the legacy of the artist members who built this organization.
  • We believe the arts are essential to human existence.
  • We believe in the power of artists working cooperatively as a community – for economic viability, support, feedback, and the nurturing of new ideas.
  • We value our role as an Alexandria community resource and collaboration as a means of achieving our goals.
  • We believe in artistic excellence, innovation, and all forms of creative engagement.
  • We strive to support artists at all stages of their careers from diverse communities, artistic genres, and traditions.
  • Our home on the Alexandria Waterfront defines who we are. The building’s history informs and supports our work.